New Mock Draft and an Updated Top Draft Prospects List from Baseball America

Baseball America has been busy the last two days, expanding their draft prospect rankings to 400 spots yesterday, followed by a mock draft today. With the down time in baseball, they were able to get more reports from scouts together and come up with new rankings to reflect the added information. We don’t know the exact date of the 2020 MLB amateur draft yet or how many rounds it will be, but we know that MLB will hold the event some time between June 10th and July 20th.

We will focus on the mock draft here today, while the updated top 400 will be covered in our Draft Prospect Watch on Saturday morning. Our last article brought us up to 22 players covered so far.

One of those players we covered in those Draft Prospect Watch articles popped up today in the new mock draft from BA. They have the Pittsburgh Pirates selecting right-handed pitcher Max Meyer out of Minnesota. The 21-year-old has an upper 90s fastball and a hard slider that touches 93 MPH and is considered by some to be the best slider in this draft class. He controls his pitches well. Before the break he was working on improving his changeup to go along with his two plus pitches. Meyer ranked tenth in this draft class in the new top 400 from BA.

You can read more about Meyer here in our writeup from 2 1/2 weeks ago. I updated that article to reflect that the velocity on his slider has been up a tick this year. I included two videos in that link. Here’s an extra video just recently posted by

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

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